Sunday, February 4, 2007

God's Coffee

Forwarded to me by a dear lady and friend, Marylynn. 

God's Coffee

 

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

 

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

 

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.  While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.  What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

 

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only onthe cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."

 

God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything."

 

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

 


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19 comments:

  1.  Good lesson.  Thanks for sharing.

                    Julie

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  2. Neat lesson....and as I am not a coffee drinker...will put tea instead LOL....happy day to ya...Ora of KY

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  3. LOVE THIS!! I'm sure your other readers will too.
    Love,
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

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  4. Ahhhh, this was even better than a real cup of coffee. I put a link to it in my journal. Refreshing! Bea

    http://journals.aol.com/bgilmore725/Wanderer/
    http://www.aimpages.com/bgilmore725/profile.html

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  5. oh this is awesome!!!  thanks for sharing :)
    d

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  6. I like it. Someone else had this in there journal a couple of weeks ago. But it still is a good read.
    God Bless,
    Liz in Va.
    http://journals.aol.com/bethjunebug/Bethjunebug

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  7. Lovely post.  I found my over here from Bea's journal and I'm glad I did!
    Marie
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

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  8. dear Barbara
    thank you dear friend
    what a good talk
    hugs
    nat

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  9. Love it...thank you for sharing. I got this sent to me last week, but needed it again.
    Michele

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  10. Restatement of your Coffee story over
    and over, at least once everyday, sure
    could make one's life richer and fuller.

    Thanks!
    Barry

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  11. So true....so true and so inspirational.

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  12. What a freat one Barbara.  I've heard a story similar- just can't quite remember enough of it though, so this one is a reminder.  I've got the living simply part down pretty good now- just the others I'm having a tough time with a lot these days!  Thanks for a great entry- again!!  Have a Blessed week!  Carolyn :)

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  13. I think there is a wonderful moral to this story that everyone could use in their day to day lives. New perspectives of viewing life are always welcomed in my world......Thank You!
    Rebecca

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  14. What a wonderful post!!!  I so enjoyed this little anecdote.  Very good and the graphic is so cute!!!  Thank you for stopping by my journal and encouraging me with my unpacking tasks!  You have a great week ahead sweet friend!  Hugs,
    Lisa

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  15.      HOW TRUE   -   sam

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  16. I love this analogy!  I recently got it in an email and forwarded it on, myself.  Thanks for sharing.  It really makes you think, doesn't it?
    Lori
    http://journals.aol.com/helmswondermom/DustyPages

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  17. I love this one, simply told but with so much depth. Sums up life doesn't it.  So may ways to get the point across and here it's it with a cup of coffee.  

    Marlene - A Poet's Point Of View
    http://journals.aol.com/mkolasa101/PurelyPoetry

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  18. Nice one!
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/acoward15/andy-the-bastard/

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  19. Barbara

    Thank you for visiting me and commenting about my birthday. And thank you for sharing "God's Coffee" with us.

    Vannie

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So glad you stopped by! Come 'round any time. ~ Barbara

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